Andrew Jefford

French wine sign

Is France poised to ban all discussion of wine on the internet? Will wine writing in France be classified as advertising, and therefore sanctioned under the Loi Evin? Will DRC…

Must weight at Hugel

A few weeks ago, I crossed the Rhine in traveling from France’s Alsace into Germany’s Baden. Under the blissful Schengen arrangements, it’s an uneventful occasion; no one wants to thumb…

Jefford blog Santorini

The relationship between wine and the screen (whether full, wide or small) is an uneasy one. Watching people taste wine, then talk about it with the kind of animation required…

Buiss John Jefford sniffs

This was, perhaps, the most endearing French event I have taken part in since arriving here three years ago. Over the course of a single weekend, 3,200 people (paying 65…

Pierre de Benoist

It was a hot, sultry evening in late July. You could sense a storm building, like a dark stack of whisky barrels in the sky, waiting for ignition in the…

Jefford wine pipes

Leading export managers from Bordeaux and Cognac probably deserve their long holidays this year. The Chinese market may have provided wonderful opportunities for both regions over the last half-decade –…

Spitz and Spitzer Valley from the east

What's the quickest way to understand a vineyard region? Find a pair of wings or set of blades, and blag your way on board. The pilot's eye view of a…

St Joseph Syrah

I was surprised to discover that I’m living in the biggest Syrah-growing region in the world. This variety is now France’s third most widely planted, after Merlot and Grenache, and…

Father Hans Denk

"Les cordonniers," the French say, "sont toujours les plus mal chaussés" (cobblers are always worst shod). The saying comes from a remark of Montaigne's. Every time we have guests to…

Hail in Burgundy 2013

It may be the event wine-growers fear more than any other: a wanton act of destruction by a crazed, machete-wielding giant. This 30-metre-high hooligan strides, eyes rolling, through your vineyard…

judging

This is a column I've been drafting for a decade. Between 2004 and 2008, I noticed that more and more young and inexpensive reds (and some whites) at supermarket tastings…

jefford on monday.

Let me own up. I have a Sauvignon Blanc problem. It’s the variety of choice for millions, yet it really only gets my pulse racing if its creator has taken…

Turkey vineyard

Last Tuesday, I spoke to Taner Öğütoğlu, the Director of Wines of Turkey, on his drive home through the Istanbul traffic. He was planning on working that evening. Not an…

Andrew Jefford soils

The relationship between rock, soil and wine flavour is as little understood as it is widely celebrated. There is a long-held European belief is that nothing matters more than the…

Lagier Meredith Andrew Jefford

The more vineyards you visit, the more quickly you become inured to their attractions. Yes, that summer lunch under the old cedar was lovely, but the cold of winter is…

DWWA 2013

What’s a decade? One-fifth of a working lifetime, in most cases: a significant span. I’m now home after the tenth year of sitting in judgment as a panel chair for…

jeffordonmonday

I live in the Languedoc, but I try not to write about it too often: I don’t want to bore you all. It’s been just six weeks since the last…

Father Ioseb

Empty bottles lined the windows, greening the grey Tbilisi afternoon; I sat next to Metropolitan Davit of Alaverdi in the gathering gloom. We stared together at a deeply coloured white…

Vallee du Rhone

It seemed a good plan. Take one day at the Rhône Découvertes tasting in Avignon. Some of the world's greatest wine bargains go to market as Côtes du Rhône or…

DWWA judging process

The distinction between wine writing (entertainingly educational, embracing all of wine’s cultural depth) and wine criticism (a consumer service, concerned with the description and assessment of individual wines) seems a…

Grower Champange couple, Maule Carignan,

Even the most moderate consumer of on-line wine-writing last year must have read somewhere or other about Vigno: Chile’s ‘Vignadores de Carignan’. This was partly a tribute to the Association’s…

"This rain," said winegrower Thierry Navarre, staring cheerfully out of his cellar windows at the forbidding clouds swirling around the mountain opposite, "couldn't have come at a better time." It…

Premiere Napa Valley Auction

Why buy wine at auction? After another affluent year in the salerooms, it seems as if auction purchasers enjoy paying over the odds - and that's before they've found handfuls…